Kazakhstan introducing modern technology to boost waste processing volumes
BAKU, Azerbaijan, Jan. 5
By Nargiz Sadikhova – Trend:
Kazakhstan will increase the share of waste processing in overall waste disposal to 30 percent by 2025, Kazakhstan’s Minister of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources Magzum Mirzagaliyev said, Trend reports citing the Central Communications Center of Kazakhstan.
“To date, 125 million tons of solid waste have been accumulated at 3.200 landfills in Kazakhstan. The share of waste processing amounted to 15 percent in 2019. However, this is extremely insufficient as for comparison, this figure exceeds 30 percent in the developed countries,” Mirzagaliyev said.
In this regard, Mirzagaliyev said that energy waste disposal using WASTE TO ENERGY technology was introduced in the country’s legislation in order to reduce waste accumulation.
“The waste will be burned and electricity will be generated, which then will be sold to the public electricity grid. To date, 6 cities for the pilot project have been identified. These are Aktobe, Almaty, Atyrau, Nur-Sultan, Taraz, and Shymkent cities. There is an active study of the issue with the akimats (administrative centers) on the availability of land plots, infrastructure, and guaranteed waste loading,” the minister said.
Mirzagaliyev assured that in the case of successful implementation of pilot projects, the projects will be also carried out in other cities of the country.
"We expect that thanks to this technology we will bring the level of waste processing to 30 percent by 2025, that is, to the average European level," Mirzagaliyev said.
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